Right now, I am marching in the pouring rain over 100 miles away from home. Let me explain.
A few weeks ago, undocumented leaders from Cosecha Indiana got together to strategize about our fight for access to driver’s licenses. For more than a year, we have been busy organizing our community through meetings, trainings, and local actions. We decided it was time to build off this progress and plan a big action to draw attention to our campaign.
That’s how we made the decision to launch a 7-day, 300-mile walk across the state of Indiana. Cosecha Indiana has organized marches before, but nothing like this. Inspired by past marches in New Jersey, Michigan, and Massachusetts, we planned a march all across the state.
By day, we march — rain or shine — and by night, we meet with local community members to integrate them into our campaign.
Today is the fourth day of our march and we are in Logansport, Indiana. We were just hit by a massive rain storm, but we are in good spirits, because we are proud of what we’re fighting for.
For so long, Indiana immigrants have had to live with fear whenever we get behind the wheel of our cars without a license. We worry about safely driving to work or to pick up our children to school — about the possibility that police will pull us over, detain us for driving without a license, and separate us from our families. Enough is enough.
With our “Walk for Licenses”, we are telling the state of the Indiana that we deserve better. We deserve to live with dignity and respect, and now is the time to leave fear aside and fight for it!
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Christine, if you are not able to donate right now, you can also follow Cosecha Indiana on Facebook to get daily updates on our walk and check out local news coverage of the march. As always, we deeply appreciate your support.